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The USS Maine, a 19th-century ship of the United States Navy, exploded and sank on February 15, 1898 in Havana harbor,an event that precipitated the Spanish-American War and also popularized the phrase "Remember the Maine". Two hundred and sixty-six american sailors lost their lives as a result of the explosion or shortly thereafter, and eight more died later from injuries.

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In the United States, Memorial Day is a US federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the beginning of the "summer vacation season." This role is filled in neighboring Canada by Victoria Day, which occurs either on May 24 or the last Monday before that date, placing it exactly one week before the US Memorial Day.